August, 2011 Newsletter Articles

TickITplus for IT

Aug 25, 2011 in Newsletter | 0 comments

TickITplus is the successor of TickIT and is designed to meet the diverse needs of the IT industry, demonstrating compliance to a best-practice model and a capability dimension to ISO 15504 (Process Assessment). The key features of TickITplus include: Entry level access to capability grading for small IT organizations. ISO 9001 certification linked with capability grading gives access to stricter procurement processes. The option of incorporating additional IT standards under one accredited certificate, such as ISO 20000 and ISO 27001. A...

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Outsource Your Audits

Aug 25, 2011 in Newsletter | 0 comments

Clients have outsourced their internal audits to us for management systems based on ISO 9001 (quality), ISO/TS 16949 (automotive), ISO 20000 (IT services), and ISO 14001 (environmental). If your audit program is difficult to manage, and you wonder about its effectiveness, maybe it’s time to outsource your audits to someone like us. Our consultants are well qualified to perform your internal audits. For example, Don Dickerson has a Chemical Engineering degree from Georgia Tech, is a licensed Professional Engineer, and a well-known...

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Ten Good Things

Aug 25, 2011 in Newsletter | 0 comments

ISO International Standards provide many benefits for businesses worldwide, both in industrialized and developing countries. However, these benefits are not just for large corporations and big businesses. ISO standards can also help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). For example, ISO standards provide state-of-the-art specifications for products and services. They can increase the efficiency of processes. They can help SMEs qualify for participation in global supply chains. In short, ISO standards can help SMEs compete with bigger...

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Integrated Systems

Aug 25, 2011 in Newsletter | 0 comments

There is a market need for separate management system standards addressing different aspects, issues, or risks. However, standards are becoming more compatible and the latest approach is to integrate them into a single management system. Before talking about integrated management systems, we should first define a “management system”. What is a Management System? A management system is a set of interrelated or interacting elements to establish policy and objectives, and to achieve those objectives. It can be viewed as a structure...

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